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The Green Industry and HVAC Design Ė Finding a New Way
By Savoy Engineering

HVAC design has merged with green initiatives in an exciting new way. This is partly because HVAC needed to rebound from the recession and figure out a new way to do business going forward. And that is just what it has done. Now the real estate market is showing some signs of picking up again. Especially residential real estate looks promising for growth going forward in the near and distant future, so that means that there will be more big jobs that will need HVAC to progress. The green industry and HVAC design have come together to create new potentials for a new future.
The main advantage of the merger between the green industry and HVAC design is of course the incentives that have been offered by the government for contractors and builders to start to look at and practice green principles in their design initiatives. While there have been sectors of the industry around HVAC that have lagged and have not recovered from the economy, that continue to suffer from high rates of rejection, this is not true for the push to get green-certified going forward. Everyone today wants to know how to save both money and time, and of course if the government is offering you an incentive to cut your energy expenses, it just makes good sense to figure out how to do that as soon as possible.

In the West, particularly, there have been several reports of HVAC certifications going green and focusing completely on ecologically based concerns. For instance, some furnace repair companies are opting to install energy saving devices rather than do yet another routine repair on a faulty furnace. So HVAC has found another way to market itself. This alliance between the green industry and HVAC design bodes well for all involved. Homeowners and commercial building owners can rest easy knowing they are getting the best system for their dollar and the most efficient one too. Environmentalists are pacified and business continues to grow and thrive.

Itís a pretty sure bet that governments will aim to increase subsidies and incentives in the future for even more green initiatives and particularly a further alliance between the green industry and HVAC design. Even the more skeptical contractors are starting to understand that changes are underway. It looks good to stay up with the needs of the larger community and even the world-at-large. In the end, it will just mean a stronger business structure for the air conditioning companies that are wise enough to get in the game early.

The whole world today is going green. What does this mean? Everyone is trying to figure out ways to conserve energy use. This means more efficient heating and cooling systems in both homes and commercial spaces, and for the people who build these systems, they have to get in gear as well. More efficiency means less wasted energy, and it isnít just environmentalists who benefit from less waste. Itís also every homeowner and by association, every tenant too. What does this mean for builders and contractors? It means a new day is here, and you must adjust your practices accordingly. But luckily there is incentive to do so in the form of Energy Star rebates and Manual J load calculations.


Energy Star is a government program. It is the joint program of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Department, and its aim is to try to help everyone save some of their hard-earned money as well as helping to improve on how we treat the environment by encouraging services and products that are energy-efficient. To do this, they have made widely available rebates to be issued as money back guarantees on projects that have been built with specific green friendly or energy efficient specs in mind. So Energy Star rebates and Manual J load calculations have had to get in synch and the collaboration has been beneficial for all involved.

Manual J load calculations have adjusted to keep green principles and ideas in mind in the past several years. As a result, if you as a contractor or builder take the time to become proficient in and knowledgeable of Manual J, you will automatically have a line into the wide array of benefits that Energy Star offers to qualified and eligible parties. It is worth your while as a professional to become well-versed in the literature of your field and to explore how the intersection of Energy Star rebates and Manual J load calculations will affect you and can be beneficial for you.

It is good for the environment and for world at large to collaborate with Energy Star. Reportedly, the organization was able to save enough greenhouse gas emissions to equal the output of 30 million cars last year, and while doing it, they helped consumes save more than 16 billion in energy and utility bills. Energy Star rebates and Manual J load calculations give builders and contractors an exciting way to be at the front of this 21st century cultural movement.

Saving energy is the environmentally responsible thing to do. Ensuring that your home is as energy efficient as possible means that you are putting less of a load on our environment. There are a number of ways that you can make your home more energy efficient, and having the proper heating and cooling system is probably the most important. Of course, saving energy is also something that can have a pretty profound effect on your pocketbook. The less money you spend to keep your home comfortable in the summer and winter, the more money you will have for other things.

If your air conditioner or furnace is larger than what is necessary for your home then it is likely not providing the level of comfort you would like. An oversized HVAC system is also much more expensive in the first place. The surest way to avoid this kind of problem is to have the contractor installing your heating and air conditioning system do a Manual J calculation. This will help to determine the amount of heat loss and heat gain for each of the rooms in your home. After this your contractor can recommend which equipment will best meet your requirements.

It is also highly recommended that you have a professional use Manual D to help design the duct system in your home. Manual D utilizes the information provided by Manual J in determining the right size and layout of your homeís ductwork. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not give much thought to the duct system in their homes. These can cause you to lose much of the efficiency provided by your furnace or air conditioner even if they are the right size. The fact is, you do not need your ductwork supplying the same amount of warm or cool air to a smaller room as you do a larger one.

By hiring a skilled and competent professional who uses ACCA certified Manual J load calculations, you can be assured that you will be getting the right sized equipment for your home. The use of Manual D duct design will also improve the overall HVAC design and functionality for your home. This translates into a house that is much more comfortable and is consistently at the right temperature without putting undue strain on your energy budget. Maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of your homeís heating and cooling system can provide you with years of comfort and savings.

About Savoy Engineering.
Savoy Engineering Group offers ACCA Certified Manual J8 Load Calculations, Manual S HVAC equipment selection and Manual D Duct Design services performed by Masters level engineer utilizing the ACCA Certified WrightSoft Universal software based on Manual J8. Savoy Engineering Group has been providing Manual J, S & D service for since 2005 and has completed 5,000+ design projects. We are Fast, Accurate and Affordable!

Contact Savoy Engineering at (801) 949-5337,
email projects@load-calculations.com or
visit their website at www.load-calculations.com

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